The former F1 champion is the first person outside of Rimac to drive the advanced C_Two prototype.
It's been over two years since Rimac unveiled the C_Two prototype at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the successor to the Concept One famously crashed by Richard Hammond. Rimac still isn't ready to present the final production model just yet, but one of the 150 examples planned for production will be owned by Nico Rosberg.
The former F1 champion placed an order for the electric supercar in early 2019 and was recently invited to take an advanced prototype for a spin. This is a special moment for Rosberg as he has the honor of being the first person outside of Rimac to drive the new near-final production prototype.
Rimac explains the hardware of the prototype is 90 percent representative of the final production car. However, the power level is restricted to around 75-80 percent of the car's full potential. We also get a look at the work-in-progress interior as Rosberg is given an overview of the sport, track, cruise, and drift modes.
After a briefing from CEO Mate Rimac, Rosberg hits the road to see what the C_Two can do. Sadly, we don't get to see Rosberg put the prototype through its paces on a track, but the twisty mountain roads give the electric supercar an extensive workout. Track mode stiffens the suspension, while sport mode offers a better balance between comfort and handling.
In sport mode, Rosberg pushes the prototype hard and praises the car's cornering capability. A nervous-looking Rimac joins Rosberg for the high-speed ride, but his fears that something would go wrong with the car come true. Unfortunately, the prototype develops a problem with the brakes, bringing the test drive to an abrupt end as engineers are called to fix the issue. Fortunately, it was a small issue and this is all part of testing development prototypes.
Rosberg's Rimac C_Two will be completed in around six months, but before then he will be the first person outside of Rimac to unleash the prototype onto the track in an upcoming video. The final specifications haven't been confirmed, but the initial prototype utilized four electric motors producing a combined 1,914 horsepower and 1,696 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 1.85 seconds. With two years of extra development, the final production version will be even faster.